Re-escrituras: literatura de la revolución cubana Open Access

Granados, Omar (2012)

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This dissertation examines rewriting, a literary praxis defined as the act of intentional repetition in literature, as a central political mechanism in contemporary Cuban writings. With the beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the state created a cultural apparatus that looked to control the production and distribution of a national literature. The praxis of rewriting analyzed here, however, has permitted the existence of literary representations alternate to the political ideal of the state. Rewritten texts have allowed the recovery of censored narratives and exiled authors, as well as the codification of political messages and their dissemination as new forms of literary expression beyond state authority.

The first chapter proposes a new critical approach to the study of contemporary Cuban literature by offering a comprehensive history of the numerous examples of rewritings since 1959. The second chapter moves to examine Guillermo Cabrera Infante's posthumously published novel La ninfa inconstante (2008), a text where the act of rewriting his own previous works allows this exiled author to establish continuity for his literature beyond censure. The third chapter studies Wendy Guerra's Nunca fui Primera Dama (2008), a novel written in the format of a diary where the act of rewriting the past functions as a parody that dismantles the futility of the state's memorialization strategies. Finally, the last chapter addresses Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's Boring Home (2009), a collection of short stories published independently online from Cuba, where the act of rewriting narratives written by previously censored Cuban authors allows their recuperation and current dissemination.

The study of rewriting as a literary and political praxis provides the basis for a new understanding of Cuban cultural production. This dissertation offers the first existing critical analysis of these three texts by Cabrera Infante, Guerra, and Pardo Lazo. These authors not only attest to the intrinsic relation between Cuban literature of exile and the newest generations of writers experimenting with new literary formats, but their works are currently redefining the cultural memory of Cuba. [In Spanish]

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Introducci ó n: Lo mismo con lo mismo 1

Cap í tulo 1 Re-escritura y revoluci ó n en Cuba (1959-2010) 26

Capítulo 2 La ninfa inconstante:

Re-escritura y continuidad literaria en Guillermo Cabrera Infante 87

Capítulo 3 Nunca fui Primera Dama:

Re-escritura y resignaci ó n en Wendy Guerra 148

Capítulo 4 Boring Home:

Re-escritura y diseminaci ó n en Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo 206

Conclusiones 259

Bibliografía 268

Fuentes en Internet 284

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